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Migrating to Opportunity in Southeast Asia: World Bank Report Launch

October 9, 2017


Join us for the launch of a new World Bank report on migration in the ASEAN region: Migrating to Opportunity, on Monday, October 9, 2017, in Singapore.

Intra-regional migration in ASEAN increased significantly between 1995 and 2015, turning Malaysia, Singapore, and Thailand into regional migration hubs with 6.5 million migrants – 96 percent of the total number of migrant workers in ASEAN. Low-skilled and often undocumented, ASEAN migrants move in search of economic opportunity, mainly in the construction, plantation, and domestic services sectors.

Migrating to Opportunity discusses the challenges faced by migrant workers in the region, with a focus on the existing barriers to their mobility. Higher-salary jobs are available, yet workers are not always able to take advantage of these opportunities. The report highlights what is lost with missed opportunities, and the potential policies that could reverse this outcome.

The report’s key findings will be presented by World Bank Chief Economist for East Asia and the Pacific Sudhir Shetty and Mauro Testaverde, lead author and Economist for the World Bank’s Global Practice for Social Protection and Jobs, in a media briefing in Singapore.

The briefing will be connected by video conference with World Bank country offices in the region. Please contact Dini Djalal for more information, ddjalal@worldbank.org.


  • World Bank Group Singapore Office: 10 Marina Boulevard, Marina Bay Financial Center, Tower 2, #12-01 Singapore 018983 (65) 6517 1240